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Heliophorus sena.

Heliophorus sena.
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Copyright: Peter Stoeckl (peter_stoeckl) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1738 W: 291 N: 4005] (11530)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-04-07
Categories: Insects
Camera: Fujifilm Finepix HS 20
Exposure: f/4.1, 1/140 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2014-02-09 8:23
Viewed: 2371
Points: 26
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Heliophorus sena (Kollar 1844),
Lycaenidae (Blues).

Now seen from above: A female of the Sorrel Sapphire, Heliophorus sena, endemic in the Himalayas, here sitting in the Gardens of the Tara Training and Research Academy in Rakkar near Dharamsala, at an elevation of approx. 1300m above sea level, at 8:43 in the morning of 7th April, 2012.

Larval food plant: Rumex hastatus. Locations preferred: flower rich steep slopes near rivers.

Another view from above, and the underside.

Literature: Manari Greeshma: On the presence of Aglais cashmirensis Kollar (Nymphalidae) and Heliophorus sena Kollar (Lycaenidae) in Rupa, Arunachal Pradesh, India. In: Journal of Threatened Taxa | www.threatenedtaxa.org | August 2010 | 2(9): 1165-1166.


Camera: Fujifilm FinePix HS20EXR, sRGB, 4608x3456 pixels, f/4, 1/140 sec, ISO-100, bias: -0.7, 17mm (equiv. 97 mm full frame SLR), no tripod, no flash, 2012-04-07: 08:43.

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hallo peter
very nice picture of this bautiful butterfly
Great to find other insect in a strange country
never nows wat you find there
i like this shot
thanks greeting lou

Hello Mr.Peter,
Nice to see this beautiful species which you had captured in Himachal Pradesh,India.Nice BG.Very close and well detailed butterfly.I like its frame and splendid composition too.Very good work.
Like WS picture too.
Thanks for sharing,
Regards and have a nice time,

Hello Peter,

Hope you are well. This is a marvellous shot, yes, three dimensional, 3D effect is quite clear and the butterfly seems to sit on thin air and this is what impressed me most besides the fine focus and depiction of lovely colours so excellently captured. The workshop and other shots are as amazing as is this one. Marvellous!
Thanks a lot for sharing, take care,

warm regards,


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2014-02-09 10:57]

Hi Peter,a very interesting specie very rare to watch on TN,2 excellent pics from above with good detail despite the difficult wings position,perfect exposure and bright colors too.Have a nice week and thanks,Luciano

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2014-02-09 11:06]

Hello Peter,
Wonderful macro of this butterfly in great sharpness, details and an attractive diagonal composition. Nice contrast against the blurred background. The WS photo of this butterfly is also very beautiful.

Ciao Peter, great macro of beautiful butterfly, excellent clarity, fine details, splendid light and wonderful colors, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • nanreh Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 136 W: 12 N: 258] (2191)
  • [2014-02-09 12:34]

Elegant composition and great definition of this Heliophorus sena, thanks for sharing this beautiful work, Peter.

A hug from Argentina,
Hernán Bortondello

Hello Peter,
First thank you for your beautiful comment.And welcome to India.
You have captured a beautiful butterfly.Great natural color and details.
Excellent composition and timing.beautiful point of view and framing.
Thank you for sharing this beautiful capture.


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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2014-02-10 4:43]

Lieber Peter,
So erfreulich für uns, dass Du von Zeit zu Zeit wieder ein Bild zeigst. Interessant auch, dass dieses dein letztes Posting vervollständigt. Diesen Schmetterling hatte ich noch nie mit offenen Flügeln gesehen, eine Schönheit, wirklich. Der Hintergrund mit dem feinen Grün ist ideal. Deine WS Bilder sind auch sehr schön. Hab herzlichen Dank!
Herzlich grüsst

Another gem of a picture of this species from our region, Peter.
The open wings are a blessing since we can see and admire their beauty from the top perspective.
The butterfly does not seem to be holding to anything.
What a beauty!
Thanks and regards.

Wonderful clear image........

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2014-03-04 8:36]

Hi Peter.
I don’t know which from your photos is better. I like all of them. As usual for you selected subject is very attractive. The butterfly on the tip of the leaf looks very attractive. Leaves on the top left corner balance the whole composition very well. Absolutely smooth delicate BG is a wonderful canvas for the scene too. Best wishes and TFS.

Interesting species and beautiful photo Peter! Very good composition, wonderful BG, nice lighting and good sharpness!

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